The more I use the Air the more disappointed I get

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Vidikron, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Vidikron, Nov 29, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013

    Vidikron macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    Anyone else feel the same way? Safari crashes constantly. It quits on me 5+ times per day and once every couple of days it quits and crashes entire iPad with it. One second I'm browsing the web and the next I'm looking at the black screen with the white Apple logo. And Safari may as well not even have tabs, the damn things refresh constantly. You change tabs and then come to find the previous tab needs to reload. You may as well just forget tabs and use bookmarks because that is about how useful they are.

    And switching apps really isn't much better. I've lost progress in several games when I switched over to check email or check something on the web only to come back and find that my game dumped and needs to reload. Multitasking is almost impossible. But, hey, at least the app switcher looks pretty now, right? :mad:

    I also still wish they would put a flash on these things. Yeah, yeah, spare me any drivel about not taking pics with an iPad. If they are going to put a camera on there is it too much to ask to do it right? I often use things like the Craigslist app to put up stuff for sale, but you need near perfect lighting to gets pics that are even only slightly crappy. Last night I needed to take a pic in my garage to show my friend a bike rack I was trying mount and it just came out as a black splotchy mess.

    I don't know how much of the software issues can be resolved in future iOS7 revisions, but I'm afraid they crippled this stupid thing with a pitiful amount of RAM while also switching to 64-bit architecture which requires more RAM.
  2. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Your experience doesn't sound normal. Try restoring the iPad as new and if these problems persist then take it to Genius Bar to have them look at it or get it swapped out.
  3. Vidikron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    If I restore as new will I lose all my saves for games and such?
  4. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
  5. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Back it up first. Then restore as new and see if that solves the issue. You can then restore from the previous backup you made. If you suddenly have these issues again then you'll know that there was something buggy that was in your backup and you'll need to restore as new again and start over. You would indeed lose the game saves that are stored on the iPad itself. However, many games now sync your progress online--so it may not be as bad as you think.

    I had similar issues and I've had to restore as new and start over. It's really, really annoying, but is usually the standard advice that a genius will give you unless they can find a hardware fault.

    The genius will be able to tell you've tried to restore by the way--and it will make your trip to Apple more productive if you still get these crashes.
  6. BoneHead001, Nov 30, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2013

    BoneHead001 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2013
    I’ve had my iPad Air now for 3 weeks. It has performed well. You may want to exchange the unit that you have or back up and restore the software.
  7. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
  8. Woyzeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2012
    I've replaced my ageing iPad 2 with a new Air and I'm surprised that - well - nothing has changed (besides the screen, which is really nice). Performance-wise it feels exactly as the iPad 2 did three years ago (I think it was iOS 5 by that time) and there's nothing that could justify to see it as a major improvement.
    There are no new overwhelming features, just more of the same. If I wouldn't need a tablet for work I'd find it hard to justify the expense.

    And after three months I still don't like iOS 7. But at least it's snappy again. The iPad 2 was no fun to use under iOS 7.
  9. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    My Air experience has been rather mixed. I'm not knocking Apple, after all they can't all be exceptional products. While it's a tad better than my iPad 4, I was expecting the changes to be more noticeable.

    It does seem that Apples desire to flood the market with iOS devices has resulted in the usual decline in product quality all high volume manufacturers face.

    I'd gladly pay a higher price for quality like Apple used to provide, but that's not likely to happen since Apple is already challenged to compete on price. Perhaps in a few years they'll get their quality back as they adjust to ultra high volume manufacturing.
  10. midwestfisherma macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    S.E. Mich
  11. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    I miss Steve.
  12. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    it's not just the Air, the rMini does the same thing. it's a software issue
  13. Jasonkrick macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2013
    I have a 2 and two 3's.

    And I would say that the Air is the best iPad so far.

    Decreased wright and a squared case is so much easier to use .
  14. nathan98 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2014
    The air is the best iPad i have owned so far. Try doing a full restore on your iPad. If the issues are still occurring it may be a dodgy iPad. At worst take it to Apple and maybe they can arrange a replacement for you.
  15. sleepydinosaur Suspended


    Oct 31, 2009
    YMMV but I like mine. Kinda pissed that Apple can't manufacture screens without stuff laminated under the glass....but from a functionality standpoint it's quite a nice experience.

    I've run into a few of the rough edges in ios7 for iPad but most indications are these will be worked out in 7.1
  16. gigaguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2010
    My Air I just got is much faster web browsing, almost instant. If Safari has problems why use it? There are many other browsers out there. I use Atomic, which allows gesture control and lots of customizing.
  17. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Yeah, I guess I just got really lucky. Safari runs fine on mine and the Air is night and day better than my iPad 2. The Air is a great tablet, IMO.

    I understand that these safari issues are real for some folks and that stinks. However, it IS fixable and I'm quite certain its software so that's the good news. Hang in there....
  18. inyah macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    Yea, with anything with too many programs running in the background like google hangout, facebook, games even the best operating systems get bogged down. You remind me it's time to do some backing up and cleaning on my end.
  19. MaybeJustMe macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    San Juan,PR.
    iPad4/7.0.4:Starring At BLACK◼️##

    I've had my iPad4 for a year now,and have spent
    More time w/it , in it ,on it, than anything in my
    Life...I've come to the conclusion that if it worked
    Like it's supposed to,it wouldn't be nearly as
    Much fun. Basically ,it's a $700 Etch-A-Sketch!!#
  20. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2013
    It actually looks horrible now.
  21. rajpatel macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2013
  22. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Going to Settings -General -Accessibility and turning on Reduced Motion helps a bit, that's what I've done on my iPad 4 and so far it's running nicely.
  23. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    I love mine almost as much as I loved my original iPad. Really couldn’t be happier.
  24. rablat macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2007
    Classified NSA intel
    Sound to me like you need to sell it and move on.
  25. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2011
    It really bugs me when people can't separate the device from the OS and bitch about all these issues it has when the culprit is just that 7.0.4 needs to bump to 7.1 pronto.

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